In the way our Fathers originally left the slavery question, the institution was in the course of ultimate extinction, and the public mind rested in the belief that it was in the course of ultimate extinction . . . . All I have asked or desired anywhere, is that it should be placed back again upon the basis that the Fathers of our government originally placed it upon.

-Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln

In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free - honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth.

Abraham Lincoln
Lonely men seek companionship. Lonely women sit at home and wait. They never meet.
Abraham Lincoln

Let us do nothing through passion and ill temper.

Abraham Lincoln
[Uniting workers should not] lead to a war upon property, or the owners of property.
Abraham Lincoln

If elected I shall be thankful; if not, it will be all the same.

Abraham Lincoln
Surely He intends some great good to follow this mighty convulsion which no mortal could make, and no mortal could stay.
Abraham Lincoln

Elections belong to the people. It's their decision.

Abraham Lincoln
I go for all sharing the privileges of the government who assist in bearing its burdens. Consequently I go for admitting all whites to the right of suffrage who pay taxes or bear arms, by no means excluding females.
Abraham Lincoln

I shall not do more than I can, and I shall do all I can to save the government, which is my sworn duty as well as my personal inclination. I shall do nothing in malice. What I deal with is too vast for malicious dealing.

Abraham Lincoln
An allusion has been made to the Homestead Law. I think it worthy of consideration, and that the wild lands of the country should be distributed so that every man should have the means and opportunity of benefitting his condition.